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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two weeks ago, my daughter texted me, “What are you supposed to do when there is a siren?” Under ordinary circumstances, that would have been an odd question. My daughter, however, was texting from a hotel room in Jerusalem, where the sirens meant “Take shelter,” because Hamas was firing dozens upon dozens of long-range missiles at targets ranging from Eilat in the south to Haifa in the North. I have been to Israel eight times since 1971. I’ve seen just about every part of this tiny country, with its shifting boundaries, from the Sinai desert to the Lebanese border. Friends have shown me their bomb shelters, dubbed “safe rooms.” They have shared stories … 0

Paul Greenberg: Bring back local seafood

Monday, July 21, 2014

The United States should be a very fishy country. In all, we control 2.8 billion acres of ocean, more than any other nation. Despite all that ocean, nearly 90 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad. It gets fishier still: While the majority of the seafood Americans eat is foreign, a … 0

Pre-campaign hits and misses

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hillary Clinton reportedly plans to spend most of the summer in relative seclusion, after a month-long pre-campaign road test promoting her qualifications from being secretary of state and testing her stamina for a potential marathon ahead. But frenzied events where enthusiastic supporters mobbed the pre-season 2016 presidential favorite shared press attention with missteps … 0

Recalling Amherst woman’s 19th century fight for Native American rights

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

AMHERST One of the most contentious topics in the 19th century was the United States government’s relationship with Native Americans. It is a sad story of tribal dislocation and suffering. Among the critics of the government’s policies were … 1

Viewpoints: Kristin M. Mattocks, Patient ‘wait times’ a wider problem than VA hospital in Northampton

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON Recently, my primary care provider left her medical group practice in Amherst to take a job elsewhere. I received a letter notifying me of her departure and informing me I could call and schedule my annual exam … 0

Gwen Agna: Northampton school principal explains intent of its outdoor messages

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I recently had a voicemail message in my office from a resident who questioned the rainbow flag that hangs from the Jackson Street School flagpole, under the American flag. Then, over the Memorial Day weekend, Mayor David Narkewicz asked that we take the rainbow flag down … 0

Gerald S. Budgar: Memories of how leading edge of boomer generation changed Northampton schools

Monday, June 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As the Northampton High School Class of 1964 prepares to gather for its 50th reunion this weekend, we think back to our school days as one of the first classes of baby boomers whose parents were … 0

Malini Mehra: Smith College must not become debate-free zone

Saturday, June 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Last month I came back to Smith, a quarter century after graduation. Talk of the Lagarde Affair was all around and I reflected on my own commencement speaker from 1989. John Kenneth Galbraith was a noted … 4

Reg Henry: Recollections of a father who gave and gave

Friday, June 13, 2014

Last Sunday, the world’s oldest man died. He was Alexander Imich, a Polish-born psychic researcher, and he lived at a senior residence in Manhattan, according to The New York Times. Somewhere there’s a new world’s oldest man, as if that guy didn’t already have enough to worry about. … 0

Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Keeping the spark of activism alive

Friday, June 13, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — Articles, essays, and columns of any kind about high school and college reunions are famously clichéd and boring. I swore long ago I would never write one. But now I am writing one. I say this so that you can stop reading at this point, should … 1

Get Tasty Top treat while you can

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I can guarantee that with Father’s Day being two days away, ice cream is in my future. As everyone in my family knows, I am a certified ice cream fanatic. And Father’s Day is officially open season on … 4

John Scibak: MIAA fails test of educational priorities with refusal to fix game conflict with SAT date

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Which is it that matters most, academics or athletics? Last Saturday, Hopkins Academy in Hadley and Turners Falls High School were scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Western Mass. Division 4 Baseball Championship … 0

Ray LaRaja & Wouter Van Erve: How representative, really, is Amherst Town Meeting?

Monday, June 9, 2014

AMHERST — A recent commentary here in the Valley lamented that Amherst Town Meeting is a rambling, unfocused mechanism that takes much longer than it should to make decisions. We agree that governing is not terribly efficient in … 5